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Expect the unexpected: Coley

13 January 2016

John Coleman has been quite settled in his team selection this season - but he has said to be prepared for a few surprises in the second half of the campaign.

Coleman has found a formula which has taken Accrington Stanley to seventh place in League Two and only injuries have really forced him to make changes to his starting XI in recent months.

Now though, with fixtures piling up especially as Stanley have four games in hand on some of the teams above them, the Reds boss has said it may not be so clear cut.

"There are a lot of games now as we are playing catch-up," said Coleman.

"The games come thick and fast but I know we have a good squad which can cope with it.

"It may mean there are a few unexpected selections and then it's up to those who get their chance to seize it."

The likes of Terry Gornell, Shay McCartan, Adam Buxton, Liam Wakefield, Andy Procter and Anthony Barry are all pressing for a first team spot with defender Dean Winnard coming back from injury and all will be in contention to start over the next few months as the Reds press for promotion.

Coleman's side are nine points behind third placed Oxford but the Reds have three games in hand on them.

"We have four games in hand on some teams above us and people do tend to equate them to 12 points but that very rarely happens," continued Coleman.

"We know if we play to our best we can win any game in this league and it's now about us taking care of the players and the players taking care of themselves with the amount of games we have.

"It is an exciting time at Accrington Stanley and we just want to push on now and challenge for promotion to League One."

The new reduced match-day prices came into force in January with the cost of an adult ticket £15 - £5 cheaper than 2015; Over 65s and Under 16s are £10, and an Under 12 is free as long as he or she is accompanied by a paying adult, with £5 for additional U12s.

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